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Requirements of the Green Card Lottery

To participate in the Green Card Program, you must satisfy General Requirements and Education/Training Requirements. Both are described below.

General Requirements

To enter the Program, an applicant must be able to claim nativity in an eligible country. Nativity, in most cases, is determined by the applicant's place of birth.

Persons from ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the Green Card Program, EXCEPT persons born in the following countries:

BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland, except Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EL SALVADOR, GREAT BRITAIN (and its dependent territories*, except Northern Ireland), HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA and VIETNAM.

*The following dependent areas of Great Britain are not eligible to participate in the Program: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands.

You may still qualify to participate in the Program even if you were born in one of the ineligible countries listed above. There are 2 exceptions:

  • If your spouse was born in an eligible country, then you can claim your spouse's country of birth.
  • If one of your parents was born in an eligible country, then you can claim your parent's country of birth.

A short statement explaining how you satisfy this exception must be included on your application.

Education/Training Requirements

To enter, an applicant must have EITHER:

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